The pledge to attend Saudi International 2020 marks Phil Mickelson’s absence from Waste Management Phoenix Open for the first time in three decades.
The European Tour event in Saudi Arabia took place from January 30 to February 2, coinciding with the Waste Management Phoenix Open – a PGA Tour tournament.
Since becoming a professional in 1992, Mickelson has won 44 PGA Tour Cups including five major and has been named in the World Golf Hall of Fame. During that time, he was crowned three times in 27 consecutive years attending Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottdale. With a total of $ 4,198 million earned from Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mickelson holds the most prize money record at the tournament.
Even so, the golfer who spent 700 weeks in the top 10 of the world left the event at TPC Scottsdale behind him, because of his new inspiration at the Royal Greens.
He said: “I really look forward to playing in Saudi Arabia next January, partly because I want to contribute to the development of golf in this kingdom. Last year watching Dustin Johnson win, I thought the surface of the yard was an interesting challenge and there are many stars and a long-standing appearance despite being in the first period “.
Earlier this year, Mickelson also missed the “gut prize” of the Farmers Insurance Open on the Torrey Pines, the first time in 28 years.
Before Mikelson, the list of stars committed to compete for the second Saudi International includes defending champion Johnson, world number one Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry – current owner of the 2019 The Major Championship, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.
However, Tiger Woods will not attend this European Tour event in the Middle East. According to ESPN, similar to the first time, “Super Tiger” declined in the second time Saudi International invited to compete with the appearance fee of three million USD. His reason is “don’t want to and is too far away”